These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Kansas City, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Kansas City neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Kansas City:

  1. Arnour Fields
  2. Oak Meyer Gardens
  3. Armour Hills
  4. Morningside
  5. Western 49-63
  6. Ward Parkway
  7. Tower Homes
  8. West Plaza
  9. Red Ridge South
  10. Central Hyde Park

Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Kansas City.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Kansas City?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 105 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Kansas City.” We’re lookin’ at you, Arnour Fields.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Kansas City has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Arnour Fields

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,076
Median Home Price: $383,400
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,435
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%

2. Oak Meyer Gardens

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,207
Median Home Price: $240,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,435
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

3. Armour Hills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,621
Median Home Price: $235,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,435
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

4. Morningside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,460
Median Home Price: $227,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,435
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%

5. Western 49-63

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,138
Median Home Price: $208,160
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,052
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

6. Ward Parkway

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,500
Median Home Price: $189,775
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,408
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

7. Tower Homes

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,840
Median Home Price: $158,580
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,669
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%

8. West Plaza

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,725
Median Home Price: $176,280
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,841
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

9. Red Ridge South

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,906
Median Home Price: $171,750
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,313
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

10. Central Hyde Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,489
Median Home Price: $245,400
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,758
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Kansas City

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Kansas City:

  1. Marlborough East
  2. South Blue Valley
  3. Ivanhoe Southeast

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Arnour Fields 1 2,076 $383,400 2,435 1.4%
Oak Meyer Gardens 2 1,207 $240,100 2,435 3.4%
Armour Hills 3 2,621 $235,600 2,435 4.2%
Morningside 4 1,460 $227,450 2,435 0.0%
Western 49-63 5 4,138 $208,160 3,052 2.1%
Ward Parkway 6 3,500 $189,775 3,408 3.3%
Tower Homes 7 4,840 $158,580 4,669 2.2%
West Plaza 8 3,725 $176,280 3,841 5.1%
Red Ridge South 9 2,906 $171,750 5,313 3.3%
Central Hyde Park 10 1,489 $245,400 2,758 9.2%
South Plaza 11 2,610 $315,033 2,435 10.3%
Verona Hills 12 1,769 $248,300 2,435 6.5%
Central Business District-Downtown 13 3,157 $198,633 3,559 4.1%
Blue Hills Estates 14 1,559 $239,900 2,435 4.3%
Birdlespur 15 1,390 $174,650 4,584 2.6%
Volker 16 3,577 $168,200 4,904 6.4%
Country Lane Estates 17 1,539 $157,000 4,846 2.8%
South Hyde Park 18 1,798 $137,833 5,787 3.1%
Lea Manor 19 2,316 $154,800 4,263 1.5%
Southmoreland 20 3,136 $165,220 4,462 6.2%
Highview Estates 21 2,386 $222,167 3,633 5.5%
Mission Lake 22 3,323 $170,100 4,597 3.5%
Waldo Homes 23 1,587 $125,350 5,955 3.5%
Royal Oaks 24 1,617 $138,300 6,802 3.4%
Hanover Place 25 2,087 $177,933 6,085 5.0%
Faireway Hills 26 2,776 $135,300 6,117 9.6%
Willow Creek 27 3,888 $132,500 6,405 5.5%
Little Blue Valley 28 4,251 $188,200 4,482 6.1%
Saint Catherine’S Gardens 29 3,059 $136,500 6,077 4.7%
Blue Vue Hills 30 1,894 $144,100 5,150 4.6%
Longfellow 31 1,913 $192,900 5,026 7.4%
Western Hills 32 1,966 $140,250 5,498 6.8%
White Oak 33 2,806 $113,800 6,829 5.6%
Valentine 34 1,278 $179,850 4,829 8.1%
West Waldo 35 1,288 $136,050 5,231 8.4%
Eastern 49-63 36 3,177 $111,533 7,947 6.9%
Santa Fe Hills 37 2,049 $119,300 6,626 6.1%
Westside North 38 1,742 $156,450 6,350 4.8%
Fairwood And Robandee 39 3,832 $80,550 8,158 7.0%
Stayton Meadows 40 1,947 $86,967 7,475 3.9%
Bonne Hills 41 1,909 $126,700 6,710 8.0%
Fairlane 42 5,136 $83,800 8,104 7.1%
Park Farms 43 2,963 $100,200 7,445 6.0%
Martin City 44 1,057 $192,950 4,714 10.3%
Linden Hills And Indian Heights 45 2,107 $132,800 6,162 7.9%
Sarritt Point 46 4,891 $72,883 8,865 7.3%
Westside South 47 2,009 $134,667 6,396 9.6%
Old Westport 48 1,166 $162,500 5,021 16.5%
West Blue Valley 49 2,430 $74,950 9,489 4.2%
Hickman Mills 50 3,776 $108,500 7,785 8.4%
North Hyde Park 51 1,394 $148,750 5,381 18.5%
Bannister Ares 52 1,456 $118,200 7,163 12.3%
Citadel 53 1,253 $85,250 7,903 9.2%
Stanford Estates 54 1,611 $90,100 7,851 6.9%
South India Mound 55 4,906 $63,280 9,433 5.9%
Robandee South 56 1,400 $93,000 8,229 6.6%
Eastwood Hill East 57 3,510 $79,275 8,582 5.6%
East Meyer 58 4,856 $80,540 8,421 13.5%
Ruskin Hills 59 2,686 $93,075 8,105 8.8%
Loma Vista 60 1,598 $89,250 8,161 5.5%
Kirkside 61 1,412 $92,100 8,108 11.6%
Self Help Neighborhood Council 62 1,097 $54,500 8,937 3.7%
Riss Lake 63 2,632 $96,000 8,054 8.6%
Richards Gebaur 64 2,051 $208,550 6,000 13.6%
Ruskin Heights 65 4,185 $72,550 8,984 14.6%
Swope Park Campus 66 1,379 $70,650 8,815 8.5%
Hickman Mills South 67 1,531 $91,950 7,768 13.4%
Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 68 1,231 $64,350 9,556 4.5%
Palestine East 69 1,313 $45,900 9,202 10.2%
Ashland Ridge 70 1,276 $86,900 8,347 8.2%
Hillcrest 71 1,151 $102,500 7,924 6.3%
Oak Park Southeast 72 1,421 $49,200 9,306 7.3%
Wendell Phillips 73 1,858 $71,900 8,747 5.7%
Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 74 1,221 $69,300 8,772 8.8%
North India Mound 75 5,208 $65,067 9,403 11.7%
South Town Fork Creek 76 1,382 $47,300 9,178 9.4%
Oakwood 77 1,384 $88,400 8,410 5.1%
Blue Hills 78 5,728 $58,843 9,325 13.0%
Swope Parkway-Elmwood 79 2,594 $66,333 8,899 12.4%
Manheim Park 80 1,078 $77,400 8,633 19.8%
Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 81 3,535 $68,200 9,162 11.1%
Pendleton Heights 82 2,906 $104,550 8,746 16.3%
Legacy East 83 1,880 $96,650 8,163 14.3%
East Community Team North 84 3,301 $71,280 9,105 10.9%
Norble And Gregory Ridge 85 1,675 $65,300 9,029 11.1%
Lykins 86 4,131 $57,988 9,486 8.2%
Santa Fe 87 2,264 $63,700 9,437 13.4%
Indipendence Plaza 88 1,899 $73,840 8,967 9.5%
Vineyard 89 2,324 $56,600 9,156 13.7%
Knoches Park 90 1,375 $49,900 9,348 8.6%
Oak Park Northwest 91 3,112 $50,475 9,738 16.8%
Eastwood Hills West 92 1,703 $65,550 9,188 9.8%
North Town Fork Creek 93 3,122 $62,120 9,168 12.6%
Key Coalition 94 1,605 $49,250 9,738 9.1%
Sheffield 95 2,363 $48,750 9,738 8.6%
East Blue Valley 96 1,843 $41,350 9,738 10.8%
Oak Park Southwest 97 1,967 $44,500 9,738 19.3%
East Community Team South 98 3,121 $44,740 9,738 14.0%
Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 99 1,045 $70,650 9,241 15.5%
Washington Weatley 100 2,054 $50,767 9,738 20.7%

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